Before entering the competitive "real world" after graduation, college students typically gain experience early on through internships and part-time jobs while in school. And, to apply for these positions, students must send a resume (and sometimes a cover letter as well) to their potential employers. There are plenty of websites out there to help you either create your first resume or revamp one as you acquire more experiences to add. For online resume builders, resume templates and samples and insider tips to enhance your resume to its finest, take a look at the following featured sites:
TheResumeBuilder.com: Plug in personal details, work history, education, skills and achievements to this step-by-step wizard and then choose from more than 40 templates. You can also get cover letter help, and the site sets you up with a free hosted resume web page. If you're just looking for advice articles, check out the do's and don'ts of resume building, writing tips, example cover letters and more. Make sure to look at the site's blog for more helpful articles.
HowtoWriteaResume.net: This site offers a "phrase builder" to improve writing, one-click formatting and online resume storage. There are sample resumes, tips like when to use chronological versus functional formatting and a blog with even more resume and employment guidance.
JobSpice.com: This easy-to-use site lets you play with styles and other customization settings and allows you to look at a ton of different samples without having to download anything. Other pluses are you can simply convert the file into a PDF format and publish it on your website. Check out the blog for more tips on resume-building, acing the interview and finding employment opportunities. You can also compare this site with other resume building sites to see which one fits your needs.
MyFirstPaycheck.com: Specifically for teens and first-time resume writers, this site helps you find out what details to add to a resume, from education to activities to skills. For a basic guide of points to include in a resume, check out the guide here.
Study.com: For a list of other free online resume builders, check out this site, which describes the features of each site in paragraph form.
MyFuture.com: This site gives a thorough step-by-step guide to everything that must be included in a resume with written examples to show wording and formatting options.
Resume Templates and Samples
About.com - Job Search: Make sure to read this before trying out a resume template, and then check out the sample options that are divided into high school, college, entry-level categories. If you're applying for an internship, check out this other About.com article that features a resume template specifically meant for someone applying for an internship.
Resume-Resource.com: This is a great site for browsing countless (more than 200) resume and cover letter options and samples. When you think you're done crafting, run it by the free resume critique tool for advice. There are even templates for thank you and follow-up letters, as well as letters of recommendation.
Aroj.com: If you're a student, look for sample resumes according to your field or major. There are 68 different samples, each specifically made for a different college major.
The Interview Guys: How to Make a Resume 101. In-depth post on creating great resumes, including formats, fonts, layouts, categories, and templates.
About.com - Job Search: This site not only offers sample resumes, but also a bunch of articles to help teens find jobs. Learn how to write your first resume, how to apply for a job and where to find teen jobs. About.com also has this video demo that teaches you how to create a resume in Word.
CareerBuilder.com: Get a free resume critique, resume templates and tips like what key words to use and how to keep your resume out of the "no" pile.
CollegeGrad.com: Perfect for the recent graduate, this site features articles like biggest resume mistakes and a resume checklist, as well as some advice on controversial issues like whether to put your GPA on your resume or not. For more specific tips (want to know how to create a video resume or how to post it to a job site?), go here.
Monster.com: This well-known job site also offers valuable suggestions and tips, from how to cater your resume for a job fair, new graduate cover letter tips and a resume checklist. Check out the articles archive here.
Lastly, don't overlook your college career center as a great resource to help you build or polish your resume. These centers typically offer students and alumni free, one-on-one consultations with resume specialists, so check out your college's!